TNCMC was invited to a mental health conference, titled Young Lives Matter, on the 30th March at the University of Birmingham. The conference was organised by Partners, The Association of Jamaica National (AJN), Birmingham City University & Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. This event was well supported by the public.

WHY ATTEND?

People from minority communities are often diagnosed with severe mental health problems up to eight times more compared with the wider population. Moreove, these communities experience more restrictive measures within the health system, including being subjected to forensic services and locked wards.

This event was very well organised, by Prof Louise Toner, Dr Beverly Lindsay, OBE, OD, Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands and Patron of TNCMC, and Prof Martin Levermore, MBE, DL and Patron of TNCMC, with Key note speakers Clare Dickens Senior Lecturer in Mental Healt Wolverhampton University, Paul Gray a multi-award winning well-being consultant - A personal journey and Dr Peter Lewis Consultant Psychiatrist Prevention of mental ill-health in our communitie. There were also workshops covering various topics.

The foreground: Head of Ken Straun TNCMC & Edmund Grandison Royal Navy absorbing the conference.

The feedback from the attendees at this event is that it was very well received as it was informative and educational.

TNCMC Members supportEd this event and it is widely known that many military personnel experience mental health problems mainly through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One such individual was a Caribbean soldier Private Herbert Morris, shot at dawn for desertion during WW1, who was suffering from Shell Shock, know today as PTSD. See his story by following this link: http://blog.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/shot-at-dawn-the-story-of-herbert-morris/

COMBAT STRESS

For the first time, the rate of PTSD among veterans is higher than the rate of PTSD among serving personnel and the general public.

PTSD is more prevalent than alcohol misuse among veterans who served in a combat role in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

Among current and former service personnel who deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan, the rate of PTSD has risen from 4% (2010 King’s report) to 6%.

Among the veterans who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, the rate of PTSD is 9%.

Among the veterans who served in a combat role in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, almost 1 in 5 are predicted to develop PTSD (17%) compared to 6% who deployed in a support role such as medical, logistics, signals and aircrew.

The number of veterans who were deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan in a combat role and are predicted to develop a common mental health condition has risen from 20% (2010 King’s report) to 30%.

The rate of PTSD among all UK veterans is 7.4%. The rate of common mental health conditions among all UK veterans is 21.5% (one in five).

Each year more than 19,000 service personnel leave the UK Armed Forces. This suggests that each year 1,400 new service leavers will need support for PTSD and 4,000 will need support for mental health problems.

Please see contact above if more information is require. 

Two young individuals who were keen to learn about TNCMC with Veterans Don & Ken

Two ladies who were very keen to get an update on the progress of TNCMC since they last met us in 2017.

Many thanks to Combat Stress Charity for promptly supplying TNCMC with materials on compbat stress and statistics regarding PTSD relating to military personnel.

Blog by: Don Campbell

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